Just got home from the Okanagan via the Hope Princeton Hwy and I saw something that may turn out to be another RIP thread but can not confirm.
The accident happened approximately 13 km's east of the Manning Park west gate. If you know the highway this is the tight nasty bit of road that is full of pock marks from falling rocks and that has the steel netting on the cliff face. The other side of the road has about a 2 foot barrier then it is a steep drop into the canyon below.
As I was driving towards the scene there was a fair bit of traffic ahead of me being waived thru by the RCMP alternating westbound then eastbound so only using one lane. Then I came across an ambulance and a newish sport touring bike parked on the side on the gravel. Then I came across about 5 or 6 safety and rescue people in harnesses getting ready to go over the embankment. I then looked and saw a single skid mark on the road and a big gouge out of the barrier which I fear was a bike and rider.
I couldn't stop to figure out what happened for sure and there was no need for me to try to assist since there were already a dozen Emergency/RCMP people there. My best guess is that someone in the westbound lane came over the center line and the eastbound bike swerved to avoid it and went over the barrier and down the cliff.
Best wishes to the rider. If anyone has further details please post up.
RCMP Press Release added August 9 2010
Upper Fraser Valley
Motorcycle Fatality on Highway 3
File # 2010-24609
2010-08-09 09:26 PDT
Upper Fraser Valley, BC- On Sunday August 8, 2010 at approximately 10:50 AM, Hope RCMP and Fraser Valley Traffic Services were called to a motorcycle accident on Highway #3 by Skajit Bluffs. A 55 year old Surrey man died at the scene.
Six motorcyclists were traveling together to Princeton, BC when the lead two riders became separated from the rest of the group. The third rider lost control of his bike at a corner known as ‘40K Corner’ and went over a steep embankment over 800 feet. Highway #3 was closed for two hours while Search and Rescue retrieved the man and his motorcycle.
“This corner is notorious for motorcycle accidents because of the flat roadway leading into the corner,” said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck. “It is a 40 kilometer zone and this speed needs to be strictly observed whether in a vehicle or on a motorcycle.”
The cause of the accident is still under investigation however, alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Fraser Valley Traffic Services is continuing the investigation.
Cst. Tracy Wolbeck
Media Relations Officer
Upper Fraser Valley RCMP
Office: 604 393-3015
Cell: 604 798-8461